AU peace council to meet on Egypt membership

AU will hold an extraordinary meeting on Tuesday at the ambassadorial level to discuss a panel report recommending the resumption of Egypt's membership

AU peace council to meet on Egypt membership

World Bulletin/News Desk

The African Union (A.U.) Peace and Security Council will hold an extraordinary meeting on Tuesday at the ambassadorial level to discuss a panel report recommending the resumption of Egypt's membership in the pan-African body, an African diplomat said.

"The ambassadors of the council's 15 member states will deliberate on proposals by the High-Level Panel for Egypt," the diplomat, requesting anonymity, told Anadolu Agency on Saturday.

According to the diplomat, the Ugandan ambassador, whose country presides the council, has called the Tuesday's meeting to discuss Egypt's membership.

The A.U. suspended Egypt's membership last summer, two days after the Egyptian military ousted elected president Mohamed Morsi after only one year in office.

The suspension was an automatic measure taken in the event of an unconstitutional change of government in an A.U. member state.

A well-informed African source told AA Friday that the panel has submitted a report recommending the reactivation Egypt's membership in the pan-African body.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is expected to preside over an upcoming meeting of the 15-member council, scheduled for June 25, at which members will discuss unfreezing Egypt's membership.

The meeting will be held on the sidelines of the 23rd A.U. Summit, which will be hosted by Malabo, capital of Equatorial Guinea, from June 20 to 27.

Egypt completed the second step of an army-imposed transitional roadmap late last month with the election of former army chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi as president.

Al-Sisi, who led the army to oust Morsi, was inaugurated Egypt's president on Sunday after winning May 26-28 polls.

The A.U. had sent a 45-strong mission, led by former Mauritanian premier Mohamed Lemine Ould Guig, to observe the vote.

In a preliminary report, the mission said that the polls had been conducted in a peaceful and orderly environment, but criticized a crackdown on protests and the mass arrest of activists in the run-up to the vote.

 

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